The Only 2-Minute Daily Habit That’s *Actually* Changed My Life

It can transform your mental clarity, productivity, and positivity (both short and long-term)

Neeramitra Reddy
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5 min readFeb 25, 2024

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I’ve tried tons of 2-minute daily habits.

Most (like chanting affirmations) were feel-good fluff. Some (like box breathing) were quick-fix “hacks”. A handful (like flossing) proved useful long-term…

But only one habit gave me a (long-term) ROI so great it feels illegal.

Time and again, I’d fall off this deceptively simple habit — only to restart and be re-reminded of its effectiveness!

But this time, I’ve resolved to cement this habit’s power in my mind — to ensure unwavering consistency.

And what better way to do so than via a public article — that you can benefit from as well!

Explaining the habit and its nuanced long-term benefits, I’ll share 5 handy ways to practice it daily.

Well, Enough of The Suspense, The Habit Is…

Bullet Journaling (BuJo).

The faster, orderly cousin of journaling — ranked #1 in Improvement Pill’s habit list. The habit Ryder Carrol found to be “among the perfect ways to help you track the past, organize the present, and plan for the future”…

But our habit isn’t “just” Bullet Journaling — it’s BuJo distilled down to its core essentials:

  • Re-affirming your priorities — to drill them deep into your subconscious mind.
  • Planning 4 priority-aligned daily tasks — to neither overshoot nor under-commit.
  • Quick gratitude expression — to reflect on and cherish the positives of the day (and life).

My (free) template lets you do all that in only 2 minutes a day! It’s the result of over a year of trial, error, and optimization.

No matter how “advanced” my productivity or how “spiritual” my life’s grown, this 2-minute habit remains indispensable.

It’s one of those “You won’t know how good it is until you try” things.

5 Ways to “BuJo” for Ease, Efficacy, and Consistency

While physical journaling is “stronger” than digital, the latter is easier and handier. Plus, both modes have sub-modes — Notion, pocketbook, Notes, notebook, bullet journal, etc.

Here are 5 of the best such sub-modes — ranked based on ease, efficacy, and consistency.

#5 — The “Not Too Bad” Physical Way:

Journal in a regular notebook (or pocketbook) by hand-copying my 2-minute template.

  • Pros: Free of cost. Can feel therapeutic. Allows free-flow writing too.
  • Cons: Tediously hand-copying the template daily. Unappealing drabness that can be demotivating.

Fun Fact: For over a year, I hand-copied my own template daily — until I crafted the 2-minute journal (more on that soon).

Seen worse handwriting? (All photos and screenshots in this article by the author)

#4 — The Digital “Highly-Handy” Way:

Journal in your phone’s note-taking app (with the 2-min template again).

  • Pros: Handy and fast. Can be done near-anywhere.
  • Cons: Keeps no track. Digital (proven to be weaker than pen-and-paper). Still needs template copy-pasting.

#3— The “Decent But Non-Private” Physical Way:

Buy and journal on a humble whiteboard (or wall white sticker):

  • Pros: You only need to write the template once — no daily hand-copying hassle. The constant visibility is a strong reminder.
  • Cons: A whiteboard costs space and money. Your priorities, tasks, and gratitude will be publicly visible.
As the blurring shows, I like keeping my tasks private

#2 — The Digital “Superior and Fast” Way:

Journal on Notion using the free 2-minute daily Notion template.

  • Pros: One-click daily use. Keeps track of daily entries. Notion-based — so supported on both PC and mobile.
  • Cons: Again, digital (so a tad weaker than pen-and-paper).
All you need is one click a day — to regenerate the template

#1 — The “Hands-Down Best” Way:

Journal with the 2-Minute Paperback Bullet Journal:

  • Pros: No hand-copying required. Pen-and-paper. Aesthetic motivating design. Clear FAQs/instructions. 5-in-1 productivity-boosting free bonus. Globally available.
  • Cons: Isn’t free of cost (but pays you back manifold).
Poured heart, soul, and months into crafting this journal

Interested in The 2-Minute Paperback Bullet Journal? Click Here to Learn More About It.

The Most Important Part of Bullet Journaling…

Is doing it — daily.

Physical or digital. Notion or Notes. Morning or evening. Bedside table or Bali beach.

The “best” mode(s) and time(s) are the ones that keep you consistent.

Only with consistency will BJ’s daily goodness compound into life-changing results:

  • Daily expression of gratitude → Long-term happiness and positivity.
  • Reaffirming priorities daily → Subconscious-deep ingrainment of them.
  • Setting realistic daily tasks → Sustainable distraction-free productivity in the long run.
Source: Jamesclear.com

As I end this article, I’m filled with renewed conviction in bullet journaling’s power — and a strong urge to unerringly stick to it.

How about you, dear reader?

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Neeramitra Reddy
Publishous

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